be a True Buddhist through Observance?
The Bak Poya day is the
full-moon of April. This holy day celebrates that
visits Ceylon for the second time to reconcile two local chiefs
uncle and nephew,
who had fallen into war threatening hostility about a jewel-beset throne...
The story shows the Buddha as fine diplomat
and is given in full below!
On such Full-Moon Uposatha Poya Observance days:
Any Lay Buddhist simply joins the
and undertakes the
Newly bathed, white-clothed, clean
bare feet, one kneels at a shrine with a Buddha-statue,
and bows first 3 times, so that feet, hands, elbows, knees
and head touch the floor.
Then, with joined palms at the heart, one recites these memorized lines
in a loud, calm
and steady voice, just like this:
As long as this life lasts:
I hereby take refuge in the Buddha.
I hereby take refuge in the Dhamma.
I hereby take refuge in the Sangha.
I hereby seek shelter in the Buddha for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Dhamma for the 2nd time.
I hereby seek shelter in the Sangha for the 2nd time.
I hereby request protection from the Buddha for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Dhamma for the 3rd time.
I hereby request protection from the Sangha for the 3rd time.
I will hereby respect these
for the rest of my life!
I accept to respect
and undertake these 5 training rules:
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Killing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Stealing.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Sexual Abuse.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Dishonesty.
I hereby accept the training rule of avoiding all Alcohol
As long as this life lasts, I am thus protected by these 5 precepts...
Then, one keeps and protects
these sacred vows better than one's own eyes and children,
since they protect you and all other beings much better than any army! They are the highest
offer one can give in and to this world! A journey towards the deathless
Nibbāna is started!
This is the Noble Way to Peace, to Freedom, to Ease, to Happiness,
developed further by
and fully completed by training of
Today indeed is
Pooya or Uposatha Observance day, where any lay
Buddhist normally keeps
from sunrise until next dawn. If any wish official recognition by
the Bhikkhu-Sangha, they may easily forward the lines starting with
name, date, town, and country to
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who are divided, by bringing
Now the most compassionate Teacher, the Conqueror, rejoicing in
the salvation of the whole
world, when dwelling at
Jetavana in the
fifth year of his Buddhahood, saw that war, caused
by a gem beset throne, was like to come to pass between the
uncle and nephew and their followers! The
the dark half of the month Citta, in the early morning, took his sacred alms bowl and his robes,
and, out of compassion
for the nagas, sought the
At that time thesame naga
was then king, gifted with
miraculous powers, in a
nagas kingdom in the ocean, that
a 1000 yojanas. His younger sister had been
given in marriage to the naga king on the
Kannavaddhamana mountain; her son was
Cūlodara. His mother's
given to his mother
a splendid throne of jewels, then the
had died and therefore was this war between the
nephew and his uncle
The bejewelled throne, the Buddha and the deva
Mural painting. Kelaniya Temple
nagas of the mountains were
indeed also armed
with many various miraculous powers.
rajayatana tree standing in
Jetavana, his own fair habitation,
like a parasol over the Conqueror, he, with the Teacher's leave,
attended him to that spot,
where he had formerly dwelt. That
very deva had been, in his latest birth, a man in
On the very spot where thereafter the
rajayatana tree stood, he
taking their meal. And at the sight his heart was glad
and he offered
branches to cleanse their alms
bowls. Therefore he was reborn in that very same tree in the pleasant
the gate rampart. The God of all gods saw in
this an advantage for that deva, and, for the sake of the
good, which should spring therefrom for Ceylon, he brought him there together with his tree.
Hoovering there in midair above the battlefield, the Master,
who drives away spiritual darkness,
called forth dreadful darkness over the nagas!
Then comforting those who were distressed
by terror, he once again spread light abroad.
saw the Blessed One, they joyfullydid reverence to the
Then the Vanquisher preached to them the
Dhamma that makes concord, and both nagas gladly gave
up the throne to the Sage. When the Master, having
alighted on the earth, had taken his place on a seat
and had been refreshed with divine food and drink served by the
naga kings, he, the Lord,
established in the three refuges
and in the
8 moral precepts eighty
kotis of snake-spirits,
the ocean and on the mainland. The naga-king
Kalyāni, maternal uncle to this
Mahodara, who had come there to take part in the battle, and
who before, at the Buddhas first coming,
having heard the true Dhamma preached, had become established in the
and in the
prayed now to
the Tathagata: Great is the compassion that you have
shown us here, Master!
Had you not appeared we had
all been consumed by war to ashes. May your compassion yet settle also and
especially on me, you who are rich in friendly loving kindness, please
peerless one, come again back here to
my home country. When the Lord had consented by his
silence to return, then he planted the
very spot as a sacred memorial, and the Lord of the Worlds
gave over the
tree and the
precious throne seat to
the naga kings to do homage thereto: In remembrance that I have used
do homage to them naga kings!
This, well beloved, will bring to pass many blessings and happiness for you
for a long time!When the Blessed One had uttered this and other
exhortations to the nagas, then he,
the compassionate saviour of all
the worlds, returned to the
the explanation of the Visit to
Source: Mahavamsa I:44. The Great Chronicle of Ceylon.
Translated. By Wilhelm Geiger 1912; reprinted in 1980.
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